SpongeBob is assigned to write an essay for boating class. Every time he tries to continue his essay, he constantly procrastinates to the point of him having a nightmare about his procrastination. After this dream, he finally writes the essay in five minutes just before boating school starts. In the end, Mrs. Puff tells SpongeBob that she tried to call him to tell him that she cancelled the essay and decided that she will take the class on a field trip to a stoplight. SpongeBob rips his essay, and rips himself in half too.
A part where SpongeBob looks out the window and all his friends are there and Patrick rubbing Sandy with Sun Lotion then says,"Come on, SpongeBob!".
SpongeBob exercising (removed on some airing of the episodes, and sometimes not. The reason is unknown).
A scene where a video of a drag race car crashing into a wall.
These scenes are only shown on DVD and early airings of the episode, as well as the Nickelodeon Philippines airing of this episode on July 24, 2012. This was most likely because of time constraint. The scene where SpongeBob looks out the window was possibly deleted due to how close Patrick's hands were to Sandy's breasts. The race car scene was also removed probably because Nickelodeon didn't want viewers to try racing a car.
After SpongeBob stares at his paper, it now just cuts to him standing on the floor saying "I can feel those juices pumping now!". This is likely an error to some viewers, as before the scene cuts, SpongeBob is sitting, but then he is standing.
The original version is used on initial broadcasts and all home video and DVD releases, as well as the VideoNow release and iTunes. The altered version is used on reruns since October 2006 as well as on the SpongeBob website at Nick.com.
The deleted scene is as follows:
SpongeBob: Gee, this is harder than I thought...
(children are heard laughing, SpongeBob looks outside. There is a carnival. Squidward is suntanning. A boy is eating ice cream. Jellyfish are playing tennis. Gary is playing with a ball and honking a horn. Patrick is rubbing Sandy with sunscreen)
Patrick: Come on, SpongeBob!
(Spongebob goes back to his desk)
SpongeBob: It should be against the law to have to write an essay on such a super sailorific, sunshiny day! Oh! But I must press onward, because with this pencil, and the completion of this essay, I'll be one step closer to my driver's license!
(a live-action drag race is shown. a car hits a wall, tumbles and gets back up)
SpongeBob: Oh, yeah. This'll be no problemo. I've got plenty of time. It's only-six o'clock! Okay, okay here we go. (struggles to write) I know, I've got to get blood pumpin' in the own vessels. How about some calisthenics?
(SpongeBob does calisthenics. While doing it, he recites Hup Hoo several times)
SpongeBob: I can feel those juices pumpin' now!
SpongeBob: Gee, this is harder than I thought... (immediately cuts to him sitting happily in his chair) I can feel those juices pumpin' now! (The rest of the episode goes normally.)
( ‣ ) Associated production music
( • ) Original music
( ◦ ) SpongeBob music
• ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [title card] ‣Horlepiep - Jan Rap [opening] ‣On the Beach - Kapono Beamer ["I'm about to write the greatest essay of all time."] ‣ ? [carnival] ‣Glory Road - Sam Fonteyn ["But I must press onward, because with this pencil and the completion of this essay..."] ‣Glissando (g) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill ["...I'll be one step closer to my driver's license!"] ‣Glissando (h) - Skaila Kanga, Richard Myhill ["Oh, yeah..."] ‣ ? [drum roll] •Vibe Sting - Nicolas Carr ["I know!"] ‣Steve's March - Sam Spence [calisthenics] ‣Mambo Fantastico - Gerhard Narholz [squeaking chair] ‣Honolulu March - George de Fretes [feeding Gary] ‣ ? [SpongeBob cleaning everything] ‣Dramatic Cue (h) - Ronald Hanmer ["10:00?!"] ‣Dance of the Fumblers - Sam Spence [montage of SpongeBob writing] ‣Tympup A and Raspberry C - Sammy Burdson, John Charles Fiddy ["The..."] ‣Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland ["Let's see, only 799 words to go."] ‣ ? [SpongeBob calls Patrick] ‣Stepping into Danger - Mike Sunderland [SpongeBob choking] • ? - Sage Guyton, Jeremy Wakefield [SpongeBob looks in the refrigerator] ‣Dramatic Cue (e) - Ronald Hanmer ["How did he know I'm supposed to be writing an essay?"] ‣Strange Goings-On - Dick Stephen Walter [SpongeBob goes back into his house] ‣The Plot Thickens - Dick Stephen Walter [news on TV] • ? - Nicolas Carr ["Hey, SpongeBob, over here!"] ‣Terror by Night - Hubert Clifford [SpongeBob running back to his desk] ‣Flight in Panic 1 - Gregor F. Narholz [SpongeBob's house on fire] ‣Unpreventable - Gregor F. Narholz ["It's almost 9:00!"] ‣ ? ["Feeding your snail is something not to do at a stoplight!"] ‣Horlepiep - Jan Rap ["Mrs. Puff, I'm finished!"] ‣Keel Row - Brian Peters [ending]
"Procrastination" was ranked #100 during the Best Day Ever event on November 9–10, 2006.
The First Day
4:55 pm - SpongeBob starts writing his essay
7:06 pm - SpongeBob feeds Gary.
10:00 pm - SpongeBob's kitchen was already clean.
The Next Day
12:00 am - Hurrying back to his desk
9:00 am - SpongeBob finishes his 800-word essay
9:35 am - SpongeBob arrives in Mrs. Puff's Boating School.
9:37 am - SpongeBob rips his essay and himself.
This episode is one of the two episodes with a famous deleted scene, the other one being Just One Bite.
This episode is among those from the second seasons where the colors occasionally become dull, such as in Your Shoe's Untied.
This is first time SpongeBob is locked out of his house (though it was just in his dream). SpongeBob would get locked out his house again in the episode Party Pooper Pants.
An instrumental version of the Tiny Tim song from the first episode plays in the background while SpongeBob is cleaning his kitchen.
This is the first time SpongeBob chokes. He will later choke a second time in Karate Star.
This is also the first time SpongeBob's house talks or is set on fire. A scene similar to this also happens in Ghost Host, but unlike this episode, the house only roars instead of telling SpongeBob not to waste more time and in the episode Pet Sitter Pat, when it shows SpongeBob's Pineapple home on fire in a thought bubble after SpongeBob's Grandma mentions being in danger of burning down the house if she was not any older (this means as a young adult or an adult) because of all the candles on her cake. It would've been similar to a film made in 2001.
In the 2012 comedy movie Ted, John and Ted are watching this episode.
The music used on the scene when SpongeBob looks out the window and see everyone having a good day was used on the Nicktoon series Hey Arnold!.
Nickelodeon removed a scene when SpongeBob thought of putting a racing car crash on his essay. The reason why this is removed is because the part is inappropriate for kids.
When SpongeBob cleaned his kitchen, it turned chrome similar to how the future world looked in the episode SB-129.
In this episode SpongeBob has kelp milk, Aqua Bread, Horse of the Sea, a Chinese take out box, an ice cube tray, two cans of soda (one red the other green), an orange box, a purple box, ketchup, and mayo, all in his fridge.
During the scene when SpongeBob runs through a hall, and on title card, there are deformed, melted and melting clocks. This may be a reference to The Persistence of Memory.
As far as essays go, it's excessive that one about what not to do at a stoplight would require 800 words, especially when it's due the next day.
When SpongeBob wakes up from his dream and looks at the paper before looking at the clock, only the word "The" is shown and the "What Not to do at a Spotlight by SpongeBob SquarePants" is missing from the top.
The mailfish delivers a package to SpongeBob after 10 p.m. at night.
On his essay, SpongeBob misspells "Stoplight" as Spotlight.
When SpongeBob is cleaning in the kitchen, it looks like chrome, just like in SB-129. It never appears like this in later episodes.